'American Sniper' Adds $18.3M on Second Friday, Continuing to Pursue More Box Office RecordsJanuary 24, 2015 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Warner Bros. reports American Sniper eased just 40 percent from last Friday to $18.33 million yesterday, easily holding onto first place. To date, the blockbuster war drama has earned $154.1 million domestically. BoxOffice projects a $65 million haul this weekend. Should that hold, it would be one of the top eight sophomore weekends in history (second only to Avatar and the original Spider-Man among non-sequels), and the biggest ever second weekend gross for a non-franchise movie -- topping The Passion of the Christ's $53.2 million second frame. Sniper is currently running 68 percent ahead of where Gravity stood at the same point, and is currently in line with the eight-day $153 million take posted by Passion in 2004. The Bradley Cooper-led, Clint Eastwood-helmed Oscar nominee should approach, if not cross, the $200 million domestic mark by the end of the weekend.

The Boy Next Door grabbed a solid $5.7 million in its first day on Friday. The Jennifer Lopez thriller is on target to bring in $15.7 million over its debut weekend, a positive start for the micro-budget flick.

The Wedding Ringer added $3.3 million yesterday, down 53 percent from its opening day last weekend. With $31.4 million in the bank through 8 days of release, BoxOffice projects a $10.9 million sophomore frame.

Paddington eased 44 percent from opening day last week to $2.6 million on Friday, giving the well-received animated adaptation a $30.3 million domestic total through eight days of release. BoxOffice projects $12.4 million for the weekend.

The Imitation Game tacked on another $1.92 million yesterday as it added another 414 theaters this weekend. The multiple Oscar nominee has tallied $55.4 million thus far. BoxOffice projects a $7.5 million weekend.

Unfortunately, the other two openers this weekend struggled to find an audience in a crowded marketplace. Mortdecai bowed to $1.47 million on Friday, setting it on a course for a $4.5 million weekend. Meanwhile, Strange Magic pulled $1.3 million on its first day and is expected to tally around $5 million for its opening weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Apr. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$8,928,76440%3,73415$2,391$80,882,6032Paramount
2The Croods$8,823,68647%3,879-186$2,275$119,526,2503Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Evil Dead$8,783,208-26%3,025--$2,904$20,682,5581Sony / TriStar
4Jurassic Park 3D$7,024,4850%2,771--$2,535$14,035,1201Universal
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,402,58930%2,0470$2,151$36,169,3592Lionsgate
6Olympus Has Fallen$4,301,36937%3,059-47$1,406$68,518,8573FilmDistrict
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$3,454,75541%2,905-419$1,189$210,501,9295Disney
8The Host (2013)$2,193,19719%3,2020$685$18,461,9332Open Road
9The Call$1,516,76335%2,002-437$758$44,623,6904Sony / TriStar
11Spring Breakers$456,89912%1,072-307$426$12,310,5674A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$364,10544%721-361$505$131,052,0859Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$273,18344%524-228$521$129,584,06421Weinstein Company
3Jack the Giant Slayer$229,13451%502-578$456$62,328,2436Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$208,07638%535-1040$389$21,685,4084Warner Bros. / New Line
5Quartet$159,31953%252-50$632$17,097,37713Weinstein Company
6Life of Pi$150,81442%269-71$561$123,822,51220Fox
7Safe Haven$117,85619%360-190$327$70,271,4348Relativity Media
8Warm Bodies$116,73640%287125$407$65,514,64410Lionsgate / Summit
9Escape From Planet Earth$109,30528%432-545$253$54,373,0408Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$97,87432%304-442$322$41,730,3597Lionsgate / Summit
11A Good Day to Die Hard$72,25745%22516$321$66,752,6318Fox
1221 And Over$72,21829%180-164$401$25,240,6526Relativity Media
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$62,89860%180-22$349$55,403,30011Paramount
14Django Unchained$57,66233%183-50$315$162,512,16115Weinstein Company
15Emperor$52,27517%120-18$436$3,074,3945Roadside Attractions
16Parental Guidance$37,37324%110-30$340$77,030,52915Fox
17Argo$36,70438%172-88$213$135,875,07926Warner Bros.
18Dead Man Down$20,81644%14671$143$10,813,4335FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$279,25433%3026$9,308$875,9752Focus
2The Sapphires$136,38471%6048$2,273$368,3133Weinstein Company
3Trance$60,20663%4--$15,052$97,1031Fox Searchlight
4From Up on Poppy Hill$54,35047%4116$1,326$433,1354GKIDS
5Side Effects (2013)$50,07270%80-22$626$31,366,4479Open Road
6Starbuck$27,65968%3114$892$3,591,8703eOne Films US
7Stoker$26,19925%89-105$294$1,611,3036Fox Searchlight
8Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$23,201-12%16--$1,450$49,5671CodeBlack Films
9The Impossible$22,45311%80-6$281$18,890,62816Lionsgate / Summit
10Settai$22,12322%33--$670$40,2301UTV Motion Pictures
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,16242%77-68$223$302,922,52017Warner Bros. / New Line
12To the Arctic 3D$17,001-14%520$327$12,012,96851Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Rise of The Guardians$16,90642%89-45$190$103,386,08620Paramount / DreamWorks
14Born to Be Wild 3D$10,381-8%300$346$22,418,559105Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Himmatwala$9,94454%61-38$163$255,8382UTV Motion Pictures
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,99846%55-60$164$19,440,0278Warner Bros.
17Dark Skies$8,44231%28-73$302$17,174,1917Weinstein / Dimension
18Girl Rising$6,160130%6--$1,027$587,3345Gathr Films
19Camp (2013)$4,207-56%82$526$124,8627Freestyle Releasing
20Bless Me, Ultima$2,383-1%6-5$397$1,557,3687Arenas Entertainment
21Down the Shore$1,650-25%2--$825$3,8421Anchor Bay Films
22The Playroom$1,62433%12--$135$2,8431Freestyle Releasing
23Kai Po Che$56225%2-3$281$1,119,4757UTV Motion Pictures
24The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$433-53%2-5$217$370,1096Methinx Entertainment